Hon­our for knife ter­ror hero

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By SO­PHIE HALLE-RICHARD

A TEENAGER has been given a brav­ery award af­ter tack­ling a masked man with a 12-inch knife.

Cal­lum Matts, an 18-year-old stu­dent, spot­ted the man, later re­vealed as Mathieu Lu­cas, wear­ing a hooded black jumper, bal­a­clava and ter­ri­fy­ing clown mask. Lu­cas had al­ready ap­proached and ter­ri­fied three young girls, all be­tween the ages of 14 and 16.

A court pre­vi­ously heard how Lu­cas had also been seen hold­ing a ‘small black gun’ and pointing it to­wards peo­ple. It later turned out to be a fake.

Cal­lum was sit­ting on a bench in Cadishead Park with two of his friends on April 21, when they spot­ted Lu­cas run­ning to­wards them.

As Lu­cas swung his blade to­wards Cal­lum’s ab­domen, he was able to block the move and Lu­cas fell to the ground.

His coura­geous friends then stood on Lu­cas’ wrist and prised the knife out of his hand, before Cal­lum man­aged to pin him down and phone po­lice.

Lu­cas then threat­ened he would slit Cal­lum’s throat and kill his fam­ily on re­lease from pri­son. He was later jailed for more than two years.

Cal­lum, a Uni­ver­sity of Ch­ester stu­dent, from Manch­ester, has now been pre­sented with Greater Manch­ester Po­lice’s Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent’s Award for Brav­ery af­ter his heroic ac­tions that night.

“I re­mem­ber we were just chat­ting and lis­ten­ing to mu­sic when one of my friends said he saw a weird look­ing man,” Cal­lum said. “I turned around to see a man dressed all in black, wear­ing a clown mask and hold­ing a big kitchen knife. The park was dimly lit and vis­i­bil­ity wasn’t great. Then the man started run­ning to­wards us.”

He added: “I man­aged to get my legs from un­der the bench and get to my feet when he swung the blade to­wards my ab­domen. I re­acted in­stinc­tively and grabbed the arm that the knife was in and tack­led him to the floor.”

Cal­lum said he was hit by an adren­a­line rush, which made him feel ‘quite calm’ in the mo­ment.

Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent for GMP, An­drew Side­botham said: “Cal­lum is a re­mark­ably brave young man. Think­ing only of those around him, he took con­trol of the sit­u­a­tion and safely de­tained the male, en­sur­ing he couldn’t cause any harm to any­one.

“He in­structed those present to call the po­lice and re­mained at the scene un­til of­fi­cers ar­rived.”

Cal­lum Matts

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